Griffin Bike Park

Griffin Bike Park sits on 300 acres in Vigo County in Indiana and features seven specialized riding areas and 10 national racing and competition venues, as well as 16 miles of trails.
Griffin Bike Park sits on 300 acres in Vigo County in Indiana and features seven specialized riding areas and 10 national racing and competition venues, as well as 16 miles of trails.
A bronze plaque is posted overlooking Stryker Lake in memory of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin.
A bronze plaque is posted overlooking Stryker Lake in memory of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin.
Griffin Bike Park is named after Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, a Terre Haute native who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.  Here, a young participant runs through the hills of the bike pump course before the start of the races.
Griffin Bike Park is named after Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, a Terre Haute native who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009. Here, a young participant runs through the hills of the bike pump course before the start of the races.
The 15K trail run gets underway. 62 runners partook in the longer of the two races.
The 15K trail run gets underway. 62 runners partook in the longer of the two races.
Victoria Schilke of Carpentersville, Ill., left, and Kevin Ho of Oak Park, Ill., right, take a picture together before the start of the 5K race.
Victoria Schilke of Carpentersville, Ill., left, and Kevin Ho of Oak Park, Ill., right, take a picture together before the start of the 5K race.
Peyton Hoffman of Kokomo, Ind., runs at the start of the 5K race.
Peyton Hoffman of Kokomo, Ind., runs at the start of the 5K race.
Gene Griffin, father of fallen Army Sergeant Dale R. Griffin is photographed as he is interviewed. His son was an avid outdoors athlete, and said that the work involved in the creation of the park helped them work through the grief after losing their son.
Gene Griffin, father of fallen Army Sergeant Dale R. Griffin is photographed as he is interviewed. His son was an avid outdoors athlete, and said that the work involved in the creation of the park helped them work through the grief after losing their son.
Charles Williams of Fishers, Ind., left, and Argenis Roche of Indianapolis, Ind., right, finish the final stretch of the first 5K of the 15K run.
Charles Williams of Fishers, Ind., left, and Argenis Roche of Indianapolis, Ind., right, finish the final stretch of the first 5K of the 15K run.
A painted bison sits near the stage at Griffin Bike Park. The painting on this one features silhouettes to symbolize the soldiers involved in the attack that took the life of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin in Afghanistan.
A painted bison sits near the stage at Griffin Bike Park. The painting on this one features silhouettes to symbolize the soldiers involved in the attack that took the life of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin in Afghanistan.
Brian Depasse of Terre Haute, Ind., finishes first in the 15K race with a time of 1:11:57.8.
Brian Depasse of Terre Haute, Ind., finishes first in the 15K race with a time of 1:11:57.8.
Youth practice on the bike pump course as the 5K and 15K races finish up.
Youth practice on the bike pump course as the 5K and 15K races finish up.
The bike pump course is just one of many features of the 300 acre park.
The bike pump course is just one of many features of the 300 acre park.
Cyclists catch their breath at the top of the bike pump course.
Cyclists catch their breath at the top of the bike pump course.